Category Archives: Sport and the law

The trial and sentencing of former Sunderland football player Adam Johnson at Bradford Crown Court – A student’s view

Posted by on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Adam Johnson has received a six year custodial sentence, as Judge Jonathan Rose explains: “Your standing and your offending are the only reason that this child has suffered abuse far beyond what would normally be expected in a case such as this. I am satisfied that the girl suffered serious psychological harm. The only reason… Read More »

Another one bites the dust: Are football clubs playing the game when it comes to employee contracts?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Despite being regarded by all commentators as a nice man and by most as a good football manager, Roy Hodgson’s departure from Liverpool ‘by mutual consent’ is the third Premier League manager to leave his job in the current season –which is only just over half way finished!  This, together with the constant press coverage… Read More »

Sporting Integrity: What Counts As Cheating?

Posted by on Monday, December 13, 2010

We are told a lot about ‘cheating’ and ‘corruption’ in sport but there is no real definition.  Do we mean something which goes over the criminal offence boundary (clearly) and/or something which is unacceptable on another, even moral level? Is it something to be judged ‘in its time’? 1. What is cheating in sport? I… Read More »

Triesman and Duchess of York: careless talk cost them their privacy

Posted by on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What do Lord Triesman and the Duchess of York have in common?  There may be several things, but the obvious one is their embarrassment at having been caught on tape saying things which, when released into the public arena, cause them damage. Lord Triesman felt compelled to resign as Chairman of the Football Association last… Read More »

Time to bin the super injunction

Posted by on Monday, February 8, 2010

Some interesting legal points come out of the John Terry affair. First, it seems that, eventually, the High Court found, by lifting the injunction, that the freedom of the press to report under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights trumped John Terry’s Article 8 right to privacy. Much of the discussion here… Read More »

It’s time for football to be regulated properly

Posted by on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I was looking through the football results at home last weekend and found yet more reference to the shocking number of European countries that now look to be involved in football match-fixing. While the UK is not implicated, it did make me think that this should be a wake-up call to look at how the… Read More »